I was just wondering if anyone here deals with sensory processing disorder Info For those who don't know, SPD is a neurological disorder that can cause problems with processing and reacting to sensory information both within and without ones' self. (visual, auditory, tactile, olfaction, gustatory, vestibular, and proprioception). Sensory information may be sensed and perceived in a way that is different from most other people. Unlike Blindness or deafness, sensory information can be received by people with SPD, the difference is that information is often registered, interpreted and processed differently by the brain. This can cause unusual ways of responding or behaving, finding things harder to do. Difficulties typically present as problems planning and organizing, problems with doing the activities of everyday life (self care, work and leisure activities), and for some with extreme sensitivity, sensory input may result in extreme avoidance of activities, agitation, distress, fear or confusion. he term SPD is now often used (though not without controversy) instead of the earlier term sensory integration dysfunction. Some state that sensory processing disorder is a distinct diagnosis, while others argue that differences in sensory responsiveness are features of other diagnoses. SPD is not recognized in any standard medical manuals such as the ICD-10 or the DSM-IV-TR The committee that prepares the DSM-5 has requested that additional studies be done before the disorder can be recognized. On the other hand, SPD is in Stanley Greenspan’s Diagnostic Manual for Infancy and Early Childhood and as Regulation Disorders of Sensory Processing part of the The Zero to Three’s Diagnostic Classification. SPD is often associated with a range of neurological, psychiatric, behavioral and language disorders. There is no known cure; however, there are many treatments available Sensory integration disorders vary between individuals in their characteristics and intensity. Some people are so mildly afflicted, the disorder is barely noticeable, while others are so impaired they have trouble with daily functioning. Children can be born hypersensitive (also known as sensory defensiveness) or hyposensitive to varying degrees and may have trouble in one sensory modality, a few, or all of them. Examples of hypersensitivity include : feeling pain from clothing rubbing against skin, an inability to tolerate normal lighting in a room, a dislike of being touched (especially light touch) and discomfort when one looks directly into the eyes of another person. Hyposensitivity is characterized by an unusually high tolerance for environmental stimuli. A child with hyposensitivity might appear restless and seek sensory stimulation. Sensory processing disorder is a common comorbidity with autism spectrum disorders. Although responses to sensory stimuli are more common and prominent in autistic children and adults, there is no good evidence that sensory symptoms differentiate autism from other developmental disorders. Differences are greater for under-responsivity (for example, walking into things) than for over-responsivity (for example, distress from loud noises) or for seeking (for example, rhythmic movements). The responses may be more common in children: a pair of studies found that autistic children had impaired tactile perception while autistic adults did not. The neuroscientist David Eagleman has proposed that SPD may be a form of synesthesia, a perceptual condition in which the senses are blended. Specifically, Eagleman suggests that instead of a sensory input "connecting to [a person's] color area [in the brain], it's connecting to an area involving pain or aversion or nausea". Some argue that sensory related disorders may be misdiagnosed as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) but they can coexist, as well as emotional problems, aggressiveness and speech-related disorders such as aphasia. Sensory Processing Dysfunction is now being used as a global umbrella term that includes all forms of this disorder, including three primary diagnostic groups: Type I - Sensory Modulation Disorder Type II - Sensory Based Motor Disorder Type III - Sensory Discrimination Disorder Type I - Sensory Modulation Disorder (SMD). Over, or under responding to sensory stimuli or seeking sensory stimulation. This group may include a fearful and/or anxious pattern, negative and/or stubborn behaviors, self-absorbed behaviors that are difficult to engage or creative or actively seeking sensation. Type II - Sensory Based Motor Disorder (SBMD). Shows motor output that is disorganized as a result of incorrect processing of sensory information affecting postural control challenges and/or dyspraxia. Type III - Sensory Discrimination Disorder (SDD). Sensory discrimination or incorrect processing of sensory information. Incorrect processing of visual or auditory input, for example, may be seen in inattentiveness, disorganization, and poor school performance. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensory_Processing_Disorder] My Doctor has suggested I might have some sensory processing and overload problems which are causing me symptoms which are mimicking Epilepsy. I thought I might ask if there are others dealing with sensory overload and processing problems and if there are ways they learned to deal with it better or if all I can do is avoid what causes it. I particularly hyper-sensitivities to light colors, certain fabrics, touch, pain and sounds. And Hypo-sensitivities to heat and smell.